The color of a motorcycle differs vastly from model to model and make to make. The bike rider will have his or her own preference when it comes to the color which not just affects the aesthetics and looks, but also maintenance.
So, glossy vs matte finish paint, which is better for motorcycles? Glossy finish paints are more durable since they have more microns, depth, and thickness. Glossy finish is also easy to clean and scratches can be removed easily. However, matte paint provides better finishing on edges and has a large variety of options.
Let us discuss the pros and cons of each of these paint finishes in detail in the next sections.
Glossy Finish Paint
Glossy finish paints, as their name suggests, are shiny color paints. The motorcycles which are painted using a glossy finish will have shiny paint surfaces. Glossy finish paints are more durable since they have more microns, depth, and thickness. The glossy finish is also easy to clean and scratches can be removed easily
First, the main advantage of glossy finish paint is the scratches on the paint surface can be removed easily. Any type of scratches on the paint surfaces in your motorcycle can be removed easily using a scratch remover or buffing or using Teflon. This is a very distinct advantage of glassy finish paint since scratches on matte paints are difficult to remove.
Second, glossy finish paint usually has more microns, depth, and thickness than matte finish paint. In other words, the thickness is higher in a glossy finish. How is that useful? If there is a dent on the motorcycle paint surface, the color won’t crack and come out to show the component material.
The color or paint would remain intact. And most of the time, the paint actually makes the small dents invisible, unless you look at the dent carefully.
Another advantage of such a thick layer of glossy paint finish is – even if you don’t take care of the motorcycle paint, i.e., not parking on shades, not maintaining the color, etc., the color won’t fade away easily.
Third, gloss paint is easy to clean. All you need is a cloth and you can use it to remove the dirt on the painted components of your motorcycle. Even aesthetically, gloss paint is pleasing to the eye. As long as the motorcycle manufacturers are not using some wacky colors, the glossy paint finish provides pleasing aesthetics to the motorcycle.
The main disadvantage of glossy finish paint is that it attracts dirt easily. If you ride in a dusty area, the dust and dirt accumulate on the surface and make the painted components look really shabby. You constantly need to clean the paint with water or a microfiber cloth.
Next, although scratches are easily removable on glossy paint, they are highly visible during the time it stays. The scratches will be clearly visible on glossy finish paint even from a distance. So, the maintenance is easy, but till the time you clean the scratches, it looks bad on the bike.
Lastly, glossy finish paint won’t age well. As your motorcycle gets older, the swills and the webbings from the cleaning become highly visible on the painted surfaces. As a result, these swills and webbings make the color paint look unclean.
Here is the summarized version of the pros and cons of glossy finished paints.
- scratches on the paint surface can be removed easily.
- has more microns, depth, and thickness
- color won’t fade away easily.
- easy to clean.
- attracts dirt easily
- swills and the webbings from the cleaning become highly visible on the painted surfaces.
Matte Finish Paint
Matte finish paints are used when smooth finishing is required on edges with color spread evenly. Matte finish also provides a large variety of options for both the manufacturer and the rider if going for repainting the components.
First, the main advantage is scratches on matte color paint are not easily visible. Unlike glossy finish, where you need constantly clean the scratches, matte color does not require such maintenance since the scratches are not easily visible.
Second, matte color finish provides a large variety of options for both the manufacturer and the rider if going for repainting. The various options like matte black finish, carbon black finish, etc. give a large collection of paint finish to choose from for painting and repainting.
Third, the webbings and swills formed from cleaning the motorcycle paint with a cloth will not be visible in matte finish paints. As a result, even if the motorcycle has become old, the paint will still look fresh since these webbing and swills are not visible in matte finish.
Lastly, matte finish paint provides smooth painting on the edges with color spread evenly. The matte finish paint covers the curvy places and the edges really well with minimal imperfections. The overall fit and finish on intricate and complicated components will be really smooth when painted with matte color finish.
The main disadvantage of matte finish paint is that scratches cannot be removed easily from the paint. The scratches are not visible, but they won’t be removed and are always present on the surface.
Especially the on-surface major scratches cannot be removed. Buffing is also not possible. Even if you carry on with buffing, the finish will no longer remain matte finish, but it will end up as glossy finish.
Since dents or scratches cannot be removed on matte finish paints, some riders use new paint on the scratched parts. However, this will make it even worse as the newly coated paint will look distinctive from the pre-existing paint.
The next disadvantage, matte finish paint does not have the thickness or depth that glossy finish paint has. In other words, matte finish paint is of lesser microns when compared to glossy finish paint.
The consequence of such low paint depth and thickness is the paint gets removed whenever the scratches or dents are deep. The paint removal will make the motorcycle look really ugly. So, you always need to look out for deep scratches and dents if you have a matte paint finish.
Lastly, any type of oil, smudge, or grease spilled will leave a highly visible mark on matte finish paint surfaces. As a result, you constantly need to clean the motorcycle if there is any spillage of oil and grease on the painted components.
Here is the summarized version of the pros and cons of matte finished paints.
- scratches on matte color paint are not easily visible.
- provides a large variety of options for both the manufacturer and the rider if going for repainting
- webbing and swills formed from cleaning the motorcycle paint with a cloth will not be visible
- provides smooth finishing on edges with color spread evenly
- scratches cannot be removed easily from the paint.
- does not have high thickness or depth
- any type of oil, smudge, or grease spilled will leave a highly visible mark
While glossy finish paint is considered to be durable due to its thickness and depth, matte comes with a different set of color and finishing options. Both these paint finishes have their own advantages and disadvantages. Which one would you choose for your motorcycle?